Here’s a more fun way to prepare for college than studying: Go to overnight camp.
“While we don’t track students who have participated in an overnight camp experience, I can comfortably speculate that those who have are more apt to apply the tools they learned there in resolving roommate conflicts, problem-solving in small groups, and learning to live with people from different backgrounds,” Kenyon College vice president for student affairs Meredith Harper Bonham told NBC News.
While some students struggle when they leave home for the first time, veterans of overnight camp arrive on campus armed with some important lessons in communal living. Summer camp may not help you ace your college calculus class, but experts say being away from home when you’re younger can help you ease into campus life. “Many of our students have never had to share a room, or even a bathroom, with a sibling,” Bonham said, adding that some students have grown up in “highly segregated areas with respect to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic class.” Continue reading